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UPDATE: Sen. Deeds in 'Good' Condition

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Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) | Photo courtesy of ABC affiliate WJLA Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) | Photo courtesy of ABC affiliate WJLA
Bath County Sheriff's Office cruisers outside Deeds' home. Bath County Sheriff's Office cruisers outside Deeds' home.

UPDATE: Senator Creigh Deeds is now listed in "good condition," according to University of Virginia Health System Public Information Officer Eric Swensen.

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MIILLBORO, Va. (WRIC)—State Senator Creigh Deeds is in good condition after he was stabbed multiple times during an altercation with his son Tuesday morning. Deeds' son was fatally shot during the incident.

At 7:25 a.m. on Nov. 19, Virginia State Police responded to Deeds' 26 Vineyard Drive home in Bath County, where Deeds, 55, suffered stab wounds to his head and upper torso. He managed to leave the scene on foot and walked down the hill of his residence to nearby Route 42. Deeds' cousin was driving along the route and stopped to pick up the injured senator. The pair drove to the cousin's residence and placed a 911 call to the Bath County Sheriff's Office.

Sen. Deeds was transported by ambulance to a nearby relative's farm, where he was then medevacked to the University of Virginia Medical Center. He remains there in fair condition and was alert enough to speak to police Tuesday morning.

The senator's 24-year-old son, Austin "Gus" Deeds, was found suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound at the residence. Though troopers and first responders attempted to save him, Gus Deeds died at the scene.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Salem Field Office is conducting an investigation into the assault. VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller said during a news conference that police are looking into the incident as an attempted murder-suicide. Only Deeds and his son were home during the time of the incident.

A firearm was recovered from the scene. VSP did not confirm whether the weapon used to stab Deeds has also been recovered.

Geller also said, "Investigators are working now on confirming the motive and actual sequence of events that took place at the residence this morning. There is still a great deal of work to be done. These things take time and we will follow up with more details once we are at that stage."

Gus Deeds reportedly underwent a mental health evaluation the day before at Bath Community Hospital and was released because there were no psychiatric beds available in the area.

Dennis A. Cropper, executive director of Rockbridge Area Community Services issued the following statement that says in part:

"While I cannot confirm whether or not anyone was issued an Emergency Custody Order (ECO), what information we can provide at this time is the typical procedure involved in an ECO.  Once a person is taken into custody under an ECO they can be held for up to 4 hours while an evaluation from a Mental Health professional is conducted.  Within those four hours, if a mental health professional determines that they need a psychiatric bed space, they have to use those same 4 hours to locate a receiving facility. Under no circumstances can a person be held beyond 6 hours involuntarily under an ECO."

Sen. Deeds has been in the state Senate since 2001. He ran for attorney general in 2005 and governor in 2009; Deeds lost to current Governor Bob McDonnell in both races.  

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